Stretch marks from facelifts

After they had a facelift, many people develop stretch marks on the sides of their faces, especially close to the ear. From such stretch marks, it is easy to see that a facelift has been performed.

Women, of course, can easily cover such stretch marks with powder or powder base. But men can’t just like that use powder. They will be considered transsexuals if they do, or at least homosexuals.

Facelift stretch marks, unfortunately, really look like facelift stretch marks. And it’s not so much that they would be ugly themselves. The worst thing about facelift stretch marks is that one cannot claim them to be something else: to result from an accident, for example.

Facelift stretch marks look like a person has undergone a facelift. For a man, more than for a woman, this smacks of character deficiency.

But unlike the stretch marks women have after having given birth, the stretch marks from facelifts actually are not stretch marks. Rather, they are newly formed blood vessels at the site where facial skin has been cut from underlying tissue, pulled, and sewn over new underlying tissue.

The larger of these newly formed blood vessels tend to run in the direction in which the skin has been pulled.

As every cell in the human body needs oxygen and nutrients, it usually has a tiny blood vessel going to it (exceptions are, for example, cells in the eyeball who get their oxygen and nutrients through diffusion).

Stretch marks that actually are newly formed blood vessels just underneath the surface of the skin are easily treated. The most common technique is to inject them with a clogging agent. The reaction of the skin is to simply form new blood vessels, which usually are tinier and located deeper, so that they can’t be seen on the surface of the skin.

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